Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. According to Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites.
A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters.
“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”
Forces of Destiny writer on the ‘Everyday Heroism’ of Star Wars women
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro has shared some details about her vision for the series and the powerful female characters in the Star Wars universe. The animated canon miniseries, which will air on YouTube and Disney Channel starting on July 10, 2017, will feature sixteen three-minute episodes taking place around all eras of the Star Wars universe, and focusing on the “everyday heroism” of female characters like Leia, Jyn, Rey, Sabine and Ahsoka.
While the late Carrie Fisher broke ground in her role as Princess Leia in the original trilogy, the Star Wars franchise has only grown stronger in its portrayal of female characters with Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the first anthology film Rogue One and Ahsoka Tano in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.
Now, in a new interview with Den of Geek, Jennifer Muro, the writer behind Star Wars: Forces of Destiny and other animated series like Justice League Action, Lego DC Super Hero Girls, and the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, talks about her vision for the female-focused series. Here is what Muro said about what she wants the core of the show to represent:
“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways, Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”
Muro also went into detail about each character the animated series will be focusing on starting with writing for Leia, who she said was “hard to beat” considering the impact the character has made on society. She also discussed how she wanted to keep true to Leia and Fisher’s voice praising newcomer Shelby Young for her work. “We’ve lived with [Leia] longer than any other character,” said Muro. “It’s about keeping true to her voice and to Carrie’s voice. [Young] really brought life to the character.”
It isn’t all just newcomers that will be featured in the series though – Ridley, Jones, Ashley Eckstein (who voices Ahsoka) and Lupita Nyong’o, who will be returning as Maz Kanata to narrate the series, will all be featured. “Felicity [Jones] is going to do an amazing job,” said Muro. “It’s so great to have her. They may not be epic moments for Jyn, but it’s nice to see a peek into the smaller moments.”
Fan-favorite animated characters Ahsoka and Sabine from The Clone Wars and Rebels will also be featured in the series. Muro worked closely with Lucasfilm to determine the stories she wanted to tell about Ahsoka and took inspiration from Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director on The Clone Wars and Rebels. As for Sabine, Muro talked about how the new series will shed some light on her character:
“We have a nice amount of Sabine in there, which is fantastic. It’s about her growing into who she is. We get to see some early moments here when she’s not as mature as where we are now in season three and, coming up, on season four. She’s more impulsive.”
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny action figures revealed
Hasbro is set to launch a line of Star Wars Forces of Destiny toys, including new “Adventure Figures” — a fusion of traditional dolls and action figures. The toys are 11-inch in scale, and feature multiple points of articulation, as well as dynamic action, including Rey swinging her lightsaber. Villains such as Kylo Ren are also on the way. Get a sneak peek at Jyn Erso, R2-D2 Leia, Rey, BB-8, Sabine Wren, and Chewbacca below.
“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”
This line continues to look amazing with each figure that is released. Other figures coming out soon include Ahsoka Tano (The Clone Wars S3 outfit), Jyn Erso, Rey (Resistance outfit) with BB-8, Luke Skywalker with Yoda, and Hoth Leia. The whole line will be hitting shelves August 1st and each figure ranges from $20-50.
See in the gallery below more images of the upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny toy line including Rey, Sabine, and Leia with Wicket the Ewok. Click to enlarge.